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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

23                                 B/jjt GOBIHB SIBH QF H^THEAS.
SlialigarB, and Oat merely in mortgage. " Witt Ms antecedents," writes Mr.
Bramley, the Magistrate of Aligarh, in Ms report to the Special Commissioner,
dated the 4th of May, 1858, " it would, perhaps, have been no matter for sur-
prise had lie, like others in his situation^ iaken part against tbe Government.
However, his conduct has been eminently loyal. I am not aware that he at any
time wavered. On ihe first call of the Magistrate and Collector of Mathura, be
eame with Ms personal followers and servants to the assistance of that gentleman,
and was shortly afterwards summoned to Aligarh ; there he remained through-
out the disturbed period, ready to perform asy services within his power ; and
it was in a great measure dae to Mm that the important town of Hathras was
saved from plunder by the surrounding population. He accompanied the forca
under Major Montgomery to Kol, and was present with his men in the action
fought with the sebel followers of Muhammad Grhos Khan at Man Sinh's Bagh
on the 24th of August On the flight of the rebel Grovemor of Kol, he was put
in charge of the town and was allowed to raise a body of men for this service.
He held the town, of Kol and assisted in collecting revenne and recovering
plundered property till September 25th, when he was surprised by a Muham-
madan rabble under Hasim-nllali and forced to leave the town with some loss
of EC en. This service was one, I presume, of very considerable danger, for he
was surrounded by a low and incensed Mnhammadan population and on the
high road of retreat of the DeM rebels5 while the support of Major Montgomery's
force at Hattras was distant and liable itself to be called away on any exigency
occurring at Agra.
" On ihe re-occnpataon of the Aligarh district Gobind Binh resumed his
post in the city, and by his good example rendered most important aid ia
the work of restoring order.- His followers have at all times been ready for
any service and have been extremely nsefal in police duties and in escort-
ing treasure to Agra .and Bubmdshahr; in guarding gh&ts and watch-
ing the advance of rebels 5 In performing, indeed, the duties of regular
troops. His loyalty nas exposed Mm to considerable pecuniary loss j his
losses on September 25th being estimated at upwards of Ra 30,000, while
Ms house at Brindi-lkn wsss also plundered, by rebels returning from
Delhi, 'to a nmct larger amount of ancestral property that cannot b© re-
placed^
In compensation for iiese losses and ia acknowledgment of the very valua-
ble wrrices which he tad rendered to Government by Ms family influence and
petsomal «iergy, he received a grant of Bs. 50,000 in cash, together wifh a